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Skinner's Cornish Knocker Ale - Skinner's Brewery

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Skinner's Cornish Knocker AleSkinner's Cornish Knocker Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Skinner's Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-25-2003)
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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, BB this time next year. Interesting-looking 'miners' populating the cartoon scene that spans the label - they look more like English Inspector Gadget flashers.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden colour, with a measly half finger of bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few broad strokes of island group lace as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of bready pastry malt, a wee bit of caramel, and nice leafy, somewhat grassy, earthy hops - ahhh, quietly enticing. The taste is a pleasant, logical extension of the nose - more soft English biscuit pastry, and somewhat grainy malt, a bit of soft, innocuous citrus, and a redux of the sturdy, well-offsetting spicy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are rather restrained, but you can still sense their caring support, the body a supple medium weight, and pretty well smooth, with the slightest of tacky textures, that I should really just gloss over. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit malt carrying on without any overt worldly cares, as does the perfectly matched, um, 'zingy' leafy, grassy hops.

A full-flavoured blonde ale, well-hopped, everything present and in balance. However, I'm not certain how this got the 'American' moniker, as this clearly has good Anglo character, way down past the root cellar, grumble, grumble. Maybe it's the lack of any golden ale category on BA for the English side of things. At any rate, very much worth trying, if only just to see how this general style can be turned out.

biboergosum, May 06, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ale is hazy light amber, has a white small head, little lacing, small curtains.

Smelling fruity, lemon, apple and a dash of honey.

Starting sweet, white bread, some nuts and lemon juice. Grape-fruit peel.

Little carbonation, refreshing texture, yet a dry finish.

Invigorating and enjoyable, very sessionable.

rarbring, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jrfehon33
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear light gold with white head. Not a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Very nice smell with flowers and a bit of fruit. 

Taste: Nice floral hops and malt hit with a bit of sweet fruit in the aftertaste. Even a slight bit of wheat and possibly blueberries. 

Mouthfeel: Certainly not an overly carbonated beer almost on the verge of flat. Not the best mouthfeel.

Overall: The floral tones and slight malt and wheat aftertaste are really nice. Some complex flavors here for sure. Although the mouthfeel for me brings it down a notch. Otherwise a fine beer from the southwest of England.

jrfehon33, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber/honey body with huge frothy white head with decent lasting powers

Floral notes on the aroma, hints of hops and strong malts.

The malt is the mainstay of the taste biscuity then leading to a slight hop hop-off aftertaste with ever so subtle grapefruit hints not a big taste explosion but amiable and pleasant enough.

Decent enough enough mouthfeel slightly over lively carbonation but nothing major.

Not Skinner's finest hour but not bad, not by half, go on give it a taste it will take you back to Cornwall alright.

EmperorBevis, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of stcules
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-gold body with hints of orange honey. The foam is white fairly compact and thin.
The smell is elegant and pleasant, with citrus, white fruit, chamomile (light), and flowers, and a final tending to a very nice peppery. In the mouth you can feel the malt more easily as well as a cereal notes don’t present in the nose. At first sip may seem excessive watery, but later, thanks to the cereal, it becomes more full and round.
The aftertaste is medium long, with the prevalence of the cereal effect (it remembers me the rye, although I doubt there is any), even if, passing the first wave, come back some notes (like citrus, chamomile and pepper) felt in the smell. If you see it, drink it.

stcules, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smiths pint glass.

Appears a light golden colour with a lively head that quickly eases and settles down.

Smells of hops mostly, with citrus scents intermingling.

Tastes very hoppy, and citrusy, overall quite good. Very refreshing and light.

CwrwAmByth, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handpump half-pint at the Waterway restaurant in London's Little Venice.

A: Clear orange-gold body with a thin, clumpy head of white foam that sticks around pretty well and leaves some frothy lace. Attractive.

S: Hops are prominent, with floral notes really standing out. Some grassy, earthy aromas are here as well, but this is all about the fresh, flowery hops. Very nice.

T: No surprise, floral hops jump right out. They're joined by some delicately sweet, biscuity malt. Bitter, hoppy, clean finish. Flavorful, balanced, and refreshing. Fantastic.

M: Light body, with smooth, understated carbonation. Works well.

O: This brew really did everything right - it was easily drinkable, highly refreshing, and intensely flavorful. I'd gladly drink multiple pints. If you see it, drink it.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Trizzle
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light Amber body, slight haze with a dense small white head. Plenty of lace, good retention.

Earth, rain on hot soil and grassy hops in the nose.

Prominent hops dominate, grassy and peppery. Lightly bitter and moreishly dry. Malt body is solid with a light sweetness. Perfect balance.

Body is big for the style (at least for an English interpretation). It is incredibly velvety, near fluffy. Fantastic.

On a warm Cornish day I would be unstoppable on this thing. So moreish. Great drinkability.

Trizzle, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of fullsweep
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber-yellow beer; frothy head; lots of lacing.

S: Honey, floral.

T: True golden ale flavor with a bit of honey, very mellow yet flavorful.

M: smooth and just slightly syrupy; moderate carbonation.

D: Very enjoyable. I've only seen this beer in Cornwall, so I'm not sure how wide their distribution is, but I'd definitely recommend giving it a go.

fullsweep, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Waitrose Supermarket, coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 17/02/11, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Note: the label says this ale was voted twice as Supreme Champion Beer of the South West.

A: golden in colour, great clarity and low carbonation, topped with a creamy off-white froth slowly retreating to a blanket to last.
S: lightly sweet pale malts, moderately aromatic, balanced with orangey fruity English hops, light lemony aroma, and light floral scent not unlike flowery cordial (elderflower?). A good swirl serves to bring up sweeter and more "dense" nose almost like honey. But overall the sweetness is certainly not overwhleming.
T: the mild level of soothing carbonation accompanies a mouthful of mildly floral hoppiness upfront, backed by a deepening aromatic flavour of pale malts that contributes an aftertaste slightly like boiled lotus roots, very nice ones in fact. The finish retains the clean palate throughout the drink, with a somewhat chewy palate and a very moderate level of bitterness as far as an English Bitter is concerned.
M&D: the mouthfeel is consistently pleasant, faintly spritzy but refreshing still, against a light body but never thin palate; this is a well-made golden ale, not as hoppy as the back label makes of it, but overall very pleasant as a summery drink. I prefer more bitter or aromatic-hoppy stuff, so this is not exactly what I can call a session ale.

wl0307, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of garcia2a
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a department store find as I scrambled to buy beer to take home and 2 pairs of socks. Drank the beer, still have the socks!

This beer poured a coppery tone, clear with modest carbonation. The head was almost perfect, everything I expect in an Engligh beer.

The bouquet had a nice malt character, but had a sweet component from yeast, exotic fruit and maybe, just maybe some banana. This carried over to the taste nicely. The malt and fruit were gentle on the old taste buds, easing them into the idea that we (I mean ME) needed another sip and probably another beer.

The mouthfeel was smooth, slightly dry and even. This is, like most of the coppery tasties from the UK, a well-balanced beer that is prefect for a 2 or 3 sitting at the pub.

garcia2a, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Sigmund
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.5%. Clear golden to amber colour, moderate but lingering head. Lovely hoppy aroma with distinct notes of flowers and tropical fruits. Moderately malty flavour with "dusty" / biscuity and citrussy hops. Moderate bitterness, fairly dry. Moderate carbonation, easy drinking.

Sigmund, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice one, nose is sweet malty, with some aromaatic hops. Thin texture, but nice fresh and floral, fragrant melon flavours, some lemony hops in the finish, enoyable. Delicate sweetness. Slight drying bitter hops right at the finish, quiet an enjoyable little beer.

rastaman, Sep 25, 2003
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Skinner's Cornish Knocker Ale from Skinner's Brewery
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